The date is March 2008 and the launch of State.ie, soon to be followed by our print magazine, and both followed by 10 years of fun, adventure, really great people and so, SO much great music that all – in one way or another – crossed the State threshold.
From the first days when Phil Udell, Simon Roche, John Walshe, Niall Byrne and Roger Woolman set out our stall, we wanted it to be what we saw as a badly needed voice, broadcast through the best traits of music journalism but with an Irish lens. In recent times it has been kept going by the diligent work of our current editor, Belfast based Aaron Drain, as well as film editor Stacy Grouden, and before her Dave Higgins, both of whom oversaw and contributed to so much excellent work on the cinematic side of our cultural coverage. We’ve stuck to our guns all the way through on our promise, for a glorious year in print and online ever since. Our annual Faces collection has captured that perfectly – up and coming home-grown talent, photographed beautifully and presented in the most professional manner.
As from today, however, State will cease publishing. We hope we have reached people over the decade and brought great music to welcome ears through our words here, the gigs, videos, mixes and festival bills. You’ll be able to keep in touch via our social media touch points and the site will continue to exist as an archive for the foreseeable future, but that’s it from us as an editorial team.
Thanks to every reader, every writer, each photographer, promoter, staff member and party-thrower who has lifted State up in one way or another. And to all the artists who came through – thank you for the music. We couldn’t – we wouldn’t – have done it without any of you.
Our work here is done.